On April 16th, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously approved the “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015,” which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the law that oversees the nation’s K-12 policy.
During the three-day consideration of the bill, the HELP Committee debated and adopted over 20 amendments, including one sponsored by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Committee, Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Mark Kirk (R-IL), that authorizes a new early education grant to states to improve early childhood education coordination, quality, and access, and would target resources for low- and moderate-income families. In addition, the Senate bill creates a new literacy program with a set-aside for early learning, and clarifies existing use of early education funds under Title I.
The Senate is expected to consider this legislation later this spring or during the summer.
Also, on April 14th, the Senate…
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